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Weekly tip: Don’t overlook the importance of training staff on violence issues

Hospital Safety Insider, March 15, 2012

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Although security is in place to help de-escalate potentially violent situations and protect healthcare workers from harm, it’s also the responsibility of nurses and doctors to recognize when a situation is getting out of hand.

Having a workplace violence committee also helps provide training for frontline staff members who may be vital during a rapidly escalating incident.

“It’s crucial to have some sort of self-defense training in there, how to do some physical de-escalation, how to escape if possible,” Patricia Eakin, ER nurse at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and statewide president of Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals says. “You need to be able to recognize that.”

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